My breath shortened as I looked around the room. Death and destruction surronded me. The, once friend now enemy, king, Arthur Kirkland, turned and looked at me. His once handsome face was ragged and twisted. This attack had been sprung upon my kingdom because I had declined his son's marriage offer. Alfred and I had been friend ever since we were young, but I had never even harbored the slightest romantic feeling for him. When Arthur saw how crushed and heartbroken his only son was, any kind feelings toward my family and me dissolved. My countries allies had betrayed us to Arthur's empire as soon as he decided to attack. The only ally that was loyal to me was Ivan. Ivan was a close friend from when I was young. But Ivan was my betrothed. We had been together for three years now.
I returned to reality and noticed that Ivan now stood at my side. He had a jewel-incrusted sword in his right hand. His whole body was tense and ready to attack at any moment. I noticed two bodies lying at his feet. They were dressed in royal garments. They were my parents. My eyes lingered on their paper white skin, lifeless eyes, and bloodied clothes. This was not how they wanted to go; they had wanted to pass peacefully in their sleep after living a full life.
Ivan tightly grasped my delicate hand, his sword raised and ready to strike. Arthur's face twisted into a cruel grin, and he raised his own sword threateningly then slowly stepped towards me. Ivan dropped my hand and stepped forward as well. Arthur cackled then swiftly moved towards Ivan; gripping him in a headlock Arthur pointed the tip of his sword at Ivan's throat. Ivan muttered a curse along the lines of 'shit'. "Now _____, would you like to reconsider Alfred's marriage proposal in exchange for your beloved Ivan's life?" Arthur purred, his voice void of any emotion. My (e/c) eyes flicker from him to Ivan. I had no option, really. It was either marry Alfred or let Ivan die. Ivan's life is more important than anything to me.
So I agree to marry Alfred.
I'll find a way to escape Alfred and return to Ivan one day. If I successfully manage to reach Russia, Ivan's country, I will be safe. The Russian army is stronger than the British and American armies combined.
One day soon I'll return to Ivan